Avoid unfortunate encounters with creepy crawlers

August 3, 2010

By Staff

Summer means barbecues, outdoor activities — and more encounters with biting and stinging bugs.

Keeping calm around buzzing bugs can help reduce the risk of winding up on the business-end of a bloodthirsty mosquito or an irritated wasp.

The state Department of Health has a handy list detailing biting and stinging bugs found in the Evergreen State. Find the list at the agency website.

The mosquito season means increased concerns about West Nile virus.

In King County, a surveillance program tracks dead birds to monitor for the disease, because certain species of birds tend to get sick and die from West Nile quickly.

Report dead birds to Public Health – Seattle & King County online or call 206-205-4394.

The public health agency tracks information about dead birds, because increased numbers of dead birds in a particular area can be a West Nile warning sign. Some of the reported dead birds will be tested for the virus.

Residents should take steps to lessen the chances of mosquitoes breeding on their property, by eliminating standing water.

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